As Cmdr Chris Hadfield said in his speech, too often fame and celebrity is bestowed on those who don’t deserve it. Hadfield, that Canadian commander of the International Space Station who stole our hearts with his tweets, spaced-out songs, and gorgeous photos of Earth, was absolutely right when he said this year’s inductees deserved to be feted to the max in this era of celebutantes.
Clive Beddoe, Lorna de Blicquy, Fred Moore, and Bob Engle characterize the kind of vision, passion, and tenacity Hadfield says should command our respect and admiration.
I couldn’t agree more. In fact, two of the inductees – de Blicquy and Engle – are in my upcoming book as pioneers of northern flight. Such a pleasure to be in the same room as them (or their spirits, as deBlicquy was honoured post-humously). It was also pretty neat to see Chris again, be surrounded by the luminati of aviation history, and have a chance to get fancied up.